April 30, 2018

Kate Bush dedicates an inscription to Emily Brontë, we all wuther from heights


Kate Bush, a few years after Wuthering Heights. Wuther, queen. Via WikiMedia Commons.

If you’re going to build a monument to Emily Brontë, who better to write the dedication than the woman who named her debut single after Brontë’s famous novel? Yes, that’s right, Kate Bush, singer of “Wuthering Heights,” has written a passage honoring Brontë, which will be engraved in a stone placed out on the wiley, windy moors near the Brontë home in Yorkshire, according to a report by Sam Sodomsky at Pitchfork.

Bush wrote “Wuthering Heights” as a teenager more than forty years ago, and soon became the first female artist to achieve a UK number one with a song she had written.

The eponymous novel, whose plot the song’s lyrics rehash, was published in 1847 under Brontë’s pseudonym Ellis Bell. Brontë died the following year. 

Bush said in a statement, “Emily only wrote the one novel — an extraordinary work of art that has truly left its mark. To be asked to write a piece for Emily’s stone is an honour and, in a way, a chance to say thank you to her.”

Bush’s contribution is one of four pieces honoring the Brontë sisters that will be unveiled during the Bradford Literary Festival this July. Also involved in the tribute to the literary sisters are UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who will compose a passage for Charlotte Brontë, poet Jackie Kay writing for Anne, and author Jeanette Winterson who will reflect on all three sisters and their legacy as a whole.

Bradford Literature Festival director Syima Aslam told the BBC that “fans of Kate Bush won’t be disappointed… She’s such an icon and so much of her work references literature, so it felt like she would be the perfect person to respond to Emily and write something for the stone.”

Indeed. Now, please enjoy:


Stephanie DeLuca is the director of publicity at Melville House.